Deputy Communications Director

POSTED Jan 16 2017

Marlborough, MA
Full Time

SEIU Local 509 is hiring a Deputy Communications Director to support the union’s strategic internal and external communications programs. This position requires a proactive, goal-focused strategic thinker who will assist in the implementation of key initiatives that advance the organizing and public policy goals of human service workers and educators throughout the Commonwealth.

The Deputy Director works with the Senior Communications Director, union leadership team and other staff to advance plans, timelines and materials that support and drive a range of short- and long-term objectives. S/he is based in our Marlborough, Massachusetts (Boston/Metro West) office, though some travel is required.


  • Help to protect and advance Local 509’s brand as a leading advocate for quality services, family-supporting jobs and strong communities

  • Support general message development around key issues and campaigns

  • Assist in design and production of written and online materials, including those for the Organizing, Political and Field Services departments

  • Curate and enhance content for the union's website and social media properties — including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

  • Engage in outreach to journalists and bloggers to generate positive media coverage on behalf of the union, its members and causes

  • Train members and staff on best practices in communication technology

  • Bilingual candidates will play a role in engaging Spanish media outlets — and may assist with translation needs, where applicable

  • Other duties as assigned



  • 4+ years experience in a communications or new media role with a union, progressive candidate/elected official or grassroots organization (or comparable experience in the field of journalism or marketing)

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrable success conveying key messages through visual mediums

  • Understanding of the contemporary media landscape and current communications strategies and tactics

  • Ability to design basic print and web materials (using, Quark, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Publisher, etc.)

  • Working knowledge of common content management programs (such as WordPress) and social media tools

  • Proficiency with photo and/or video equipment and editing software (Photoshop, Light Room, iMovie, Final Cut, etc.)

  • HTML familiarity and basic web design skills a plus

  • Experience pitching journalists, bloggers and editors a plus

  • Commitment to the labor movement and overall progressive social change

  • Ability to work under pressure, both independently and part of a team

  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills are a plus

The Deputy Director works under the union’s Senior Director of Communications — who review work for effectiveness, timeliness, accuracy and conformance with relevant rules and regulations.


This is a union bargaining unit position with a salary range of $63,924 – $73,030, depending on experience. SEIU Local 509 offers a generous benefits package, including car allowance.


SEIU Local 509 is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to
diversity — women, people of color and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged
to apply. Interested candidates should submit a résumé, cover letter, and samples of writing and design work to:


Cliff Cohn, Chief of Staff

SEIU Local 509

293 Boston Post Road West, 4th Floor

Marlborough, MA 01752


The deadline for application is January 31, 2017. No phone calls please.



SEIU Local 509 represents nearly 20,000 human service workers and educators throughout Massachusetts. We provide a variety of social services to elders, at-risk children and people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities — as well as educational services in both public and private sector settings. From mental health clinicians and social workers to early childhood educators and university lecturers, Local 509 members are united in our mission to raise living standards for all working families while improving the quality and affordability of the services we provide.
Local 509 is part of the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union, the fastest-growing labor union in the United States.